Huckleberry finn by mark twain hsc essay compared to rpf and selected poems for journeys module journey more important than arrival

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The term “journey” is a term which implies travel. It is on a journey, that individuals mature, become wiser, and more knowledgeable about themselves and the world around them. In fact, the experiences gained from a journey and the obstacles which are faced and overcome, allow an individual to extend themselves physically, emotionally, and intellectually. Hence, it is fair to say that the journey itself is actually more important than the arrival. This concept is apparent in the novel “The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain, the film “Rabbit Proof Fence” directed by Phillip Noyce, and the poems “Ithaka” by Constanine Cavafy, and “Ulysses” by Alfred Lord Tennyson, in which each protagonist is educated, extended and cultured on their respective journey, leading to maturity, knowledge, and wisdom, gained from their learning experiences. Although each text is in different form, and style, the purpose of each is shared.

In “The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn”, Huck and Jim are extended in many ways throughout their journey. The pair, who both escaped “sivilisation”, meet up at Jacksons Island and from there embark on their journey down the Mississippi river which serves as a symbol of good, hope and freedom for the companions this contrasting with the evil and corruption associated with land. The companions ultimately intend to sail on their raft to Cairo; eventually they bypass Cairo as a result of heavy fog and unsuitable conditions. They do not return to find their way back, instead they continue on their journey, for it is the actual journey which allowed them to grow and mature and learn about themselves and others. In fact, this becomes apparent in the novel, when Jim recounts an emotional phase of his life to Huck, concerning his daughter. After beating her and realising the...